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Published: January 17th 2009
Where has the road gone?
A car on the road/ in the river
After the disappointment of Airlie beach and the nonexistent Whitsundays trip, we carried on up the coast to Cardwell. It was a little shaky as to weather we would even get there, because there had been severe weather warnings, roads had been shut due to flooding and just the bad weather generally. Apparently its rainy season in the land of Oz. Whenever anyone asked where we were going next, they gave a perplexed look and said 'Cardwell? Where's that?' A little worried we'd end up in another grotty town, we boarded the bus for another glorious 7hr bus trip. When we got there, it was fantastic. It's like the opposite of Buxton - it's sunny there while the rest of the country is raining. It was really nice. A tiny town with gorgeous views of the islands one way and the mountains the other. At the hostel, we were upgraded to a private room. We only had one day there so we went for a walk along the coast to the marina. The path quickly turned into a trail, which will be forever known as the mossie trail. Fair to say we got bitten to death. Escaping the mossie trail
we came to the posh house graveyard. All the houses were very posh and newly built but the place was deserted. There was no shade and it was very very hot. When we finally got to the marina there was no cafe, just a posh restaurant. We ordered some drinks and were sniffed at by the staff. We weren't particularly welcome, i think because we were wearing shorts and didnt have a butler carrying our bags. We weren't posh enough. Not that that stopped us from ordering a Calamari salad. It was very nice, apart from the calamari, which we decided we didnt like. too Globby textured. It tasted fine, just felt weird. We spent a few hours there, wasting time before we wound have to go back through to mossie trail.
Then we were off to Cairns. We found the hostel we'd booked and OMG what a dump! We'd booked for three days but had already decided that we were only staying one night, so we could go and find another one. It was disgusting. It was dirty and dark and generally just not nice. The fact that the reception was under the house should have been a
bit of giveaway. Anyway, cut a long story short, my bed had bugs in it. I really, really didnt want to sleep in it and so put it off for as long as possible. when i was finding it hard to keep my eyes open i decided i could hide in my sleep sheet. so, torch in hand i went back into the room, only for a cockroach to get startled off my pillow and run across the room under a floorboard. I managed to stay awake for another hour or so. 4am came and hiding in my sleep sheet, making sure there was no way in i finally fell to sleep. Ish, i woke up every hour or so to check i was still alone in my little cocoon. Next morning, we were gone as soon as we could be and off to an all girls hostel down the road that was CLEAN!!!! YAY!!!
Apart from the hostel catastrophe, that day wasn't that bad. We wandered round some souvenir shops and a woman named Edina (think that's how its spelt) showed us how to play the didgeridoo. I got the hang of it first, being more lazy than
Annie and not having to overcome the trumpet training...probably the only musical instrument I'll ever be able to play.
Anyway, thats it for now. The next one will be better i promise. We've booked a tour to go Scuba diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and then we're on another tour up to Cape tribulation. Then we leave for Singapore.
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